Social Work B.S.
The principal educational objective of the program is to prepare students for entry level social work practice with individuals, families, and small groups within the context of organizations, and the larger community. This includes direct service practice as well as advocacy, policy, administrative, and community practice.
The program provides education for social work practice based on a liberal arts education in the social sciences and humanities. Throughout the program of study, students develop the values, knowledge, skills and competencies to work with people and communities. This work is grounded in the principles of human rights and social justice. Many program graduates go on to pursue a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW), and are often qualified for "advanced standing" which reduces the credit hours and time required to complete a MSW.
The Social Work Program
The Social Work curriculum is divided into two parts - the pre-professional curriculum and the professional curriculum (beginning in the junior year). Students must meet the pre-requisites for junior level courses in order to join their junior cohort of social work majors. Students apply for SWSS 173 Field Experience in the spring of junior year. Application for the field experience requires consultation with the student's advisor to determine that all introductory and intermediate professional and required courses have been successfully completed. The process includes a written statement by the student describing his/her interests and qualifications. The advisor and Field Education Coordinator also review professional readiness issues, including strengths, conduct, maturity, and areas to strengthen. When there are concerns about a student's field readiness, these concerns will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Field Committee, and recommendations will be made.
In the senior year, students spend approximately fifteen hours/week over two semesters (450 total hours) as interns in a public or private social service agency. In the fall semester, students must enroll concurrently in SWSS 168, SWSS 171, and SWSS 173. In the spring semester, students must enroll concurrently in SWSS 169, SWSS 172, and SWSS 174.
A committee of Social Work faculty review each Social Work major's progress at the end of each semester. The committee may identify specific areas within which they believe extra support would benefit an individual student. A plan for that support is developed, and the student reviews that plan with their academic advisor.
|University General Education Requirements|
D1- Race and Racism in the U.S. (SWSS 060)
D2 - Diversity of Human Experience (SWSS 147)
|Writing and Information Literacy||3|
Any course with an "SU" designation
Any course with a "QR" designation
|CESS General Education Requirements 1|
Foreign Language, ASL, REL, PHIL, HST, or ARTS
A course with the subject prefix ANTH, PSYS, HDFS, SOC, or non-required SWSS
A course with the subject prefix POLS
Courses with Non-Western focus.
|STEM: Human Science||3|
or BIOL 004
|The Human Body|
or SWSS 005
|Biosociopolitical Issues SW|
|Professional Courses 2|
|SWSS 002||Foundations of Social Work||3|
|SWSS 003||Human Needs and Social Service||3|
|or SWSS 004||Working with Refugees|
|SWSS 060||D1:Racism & Contemporary Issue||3|
|SWSS 147||D2: Theories in Social Work I||3|
|SWSS 148||D2: Theories in Social Work II||3|
|SWSS 163||Theory & Integration Prep Sem||3|
|SWSS 164||Intro Social Work Research||3|
|SWSS 165||Iss & Pol in Social Welfare I||3|
|SWSS 166||Iss & Pol in Social Welfare II||3|
|SWSS 168||Social Work Practice I||3|
|SWSS 169||Social Work Practice II||3|
|SWSS 171||Field Experience Seminar I||3|
|SWSS 172||Field Experience Seminar II||3|
|SWSS 173||Field Experience I||6|
|SWSS 174||Field Experience II||6|
Complete all general education requirements with a grade of C- or higher. Courses may fulfill multiple requirements, but credit is only granted once.
Complete all SWSS courses with no more than 2 grades below a "B". Neither of these grades can be below a "C". Students must complete the Social Work courses with a Professional GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Students who intent to pursue a Master of Social Work degree are strongly encouraged to complete STAT 141 - Basic Statistical Methods.
A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete the program. Students can take electives to complete the credit total.